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A challenging mission

“The industries’ heat supply for all temperature levels will be carbon neutral by 2050. In 2030, power-to-heat solutions and the use of sustainable heat sources will achieve a minimum of 5.3 Mton CO2 reduction and save 93 PJ in energy. “This is the objective as it is described in the Climate Agreement.

How will we achieve this goal?

What is the most efficient, fast, cost-effective way to achieve this? The requests from these companies and sectors show a large number of common questions:

  • Is it useful and feasible to have a fully sustainable heat supply? And if so, how? Will we do it with hydrogen, electric boilers, biogas, biomass, hybrid boilers or geothermal energy? Will sustainable sources be available sufficiently? And what do I do with my current CHP?
  • What possibilities do I have for internally upgrading residual heat? Heat exchangers, vapor recompression or heat pumps? Where can I buy these solutions? And what are the conditions? Or do they still need to be developed? And how can I accelerate that?
  • And what does that mean for the heating network in our company? And for our operation? How will we deal with flexible supply of sustainable electricity in the future?
  • Or maybe I should disconnect the residual heat for external use (heating network, swimming pool)
  • What are other possibilities to reduce the heat requirement with process measures or alternative processes (membrane separations, IR / UV drying, microwave drying)

Acceleration requires collaboration and open innovation

In a number of projects, sustainable technologies and concepts have already been or are already being considered. Some technologies have already been implemented in a few places, others have been tested in practice and some still require further development.

Exchanging and jointly building up knowledge and experiences, sharing knowledge and making it accessible, and cooperation in the (further) development of relevant technologies and concepts are all crucial to achieve acceleration and achieve the targets for 2030 and 2050.

The ISPT’s Cluster heat integration

The challenge of the transition is so vast that we will need to organize the cooperation nationally. Within the ISPT heat integration cluster, the foundation is laid for a nationally supported cross-sectoral Integrated Circular Heat Program, in which innovation and practice are actively linked. The program already shares knowledge and expertise that has been built up, jointly builds new knowledge and competences, develops new technologies and design tools, and works on a joint approach towards the non-technological barriers.

This should lead to an accelerated development and application of relevant technologies and concepts that can make the transition to a 100% CO2 free heating system possible and is in line with the priorities of the Mission-driven Multi-Year Innovation Program (MMIP) from the climate agreement:

  • Heat reuse, upgrading and storage
  • Deep and ultra-deep geothermal energy for industry
  • The use climate-neutral fuels
  • System concepts for heat and cold
  • Maximizing process efficiency

Participants and activities

For a large number of companies in the agro-food, paper, chemical, horticultural and food sectors, heat is the biggest energy consumer. In the cluster, these companies come together with their knowledge and ambitions and see where they can reinforce each other and build up together.

Activities of the cluster.

  • Exchange of knowledge, ambition and experiences: access to knowledge and examples
  • Determining the gaps in knowledge and technology: leading to a joint step-by-step plan
  • Joint development of technologies: Prevent unnecessary duplication in R&D
  • Discussion and insight into possible new business models
  • Insight into possible financing and subsidy options for investments
  • Overview of available technologies (including reliability, specifications, etc.)
  • Overview of and access to suppliers and developers

Together with experts from the ISPT network, and based on part of the knowledge and technologies developed in ISPT projects, the ISPT platform will ensure the coordination and support of the cluster, overviews of relevant already developed information, the drafting of projects and the application of subsidies.

Read all about the Heat cluster’s projects HERE (Dutch content)

Cluster Director Kees Biesheuvel,
Cluster Director
Kees Biesheuvel,

Program Manager
Agata van Oosten